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A score to settle

Posted: Friday, Feb 15th, 2013

Frank Geltner, sitting at the 1918 Steinway that ushered his late wife into a life of music and art, is determined to complete the ambitious “Senior Song Fest” project started by Jo Maitland Geltner before her death in 2008. He is hoping to boost his fundraising efforts through the website kickstarter.com, and there is a March 8 deadline for people to donate. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

Frank Geltner works to complete his late wife’s musical legacy

A 30-year marriage that ended with the death of his beloved wife in 2008 left a loose thread that Frank Geltner intends to tie-up with the publication of “Senior Song Fest,” a package of songs and music to enrich the lives of senior adults.

The project was started in 1990 by the late Jo Maitland Geltner, a talented musician who worked as a senior caregiver in Eugene before retiring to the couple’s ocean view home eight miles south of Newport in 2002. Her work with elders and her formal training as a musician sparked the “Senior Song Fest” idea as a union of gerontology and music aimed at senior center activity directors. But the goal to produce a book of 100 songs in a range comfortable for seniors never got beyond 40 tunes.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2013 issue.

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